Police are hunting down suspects after a van crashed into a crowd
of pedestrians in a tourist-heavy district in Barcelona, Spain,
leaving several people injured and some dead, multiple outlets
Catalan police have confirmed multiple fatalities. It’s unclear
how many suspects police are searching for, but multiple outlets,
citing local police, are also reporting that suspects have
barricaded themselves in a bar near the site of the crash.
Police said a white van mounted a sidewalk and struck several
people on Plaza de Catalunya, a popular square in Barcelona.
Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. El
Pais, a Spanish-language newspaper, said the driver of the van
fled on foot, after “mowing down” dozens of people.
“All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and
the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman
right next to me screaming for her kids,” Aamer Anwar, who
was walking on Las Ramblas, a pedestrian-heavy street
near Plaza de Catalunya at the time of the crash told Sky
“Police were very, very quickly there, police
officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street
started getting pushed back,” Anwar said.
“Police officers who got there just started screaming at people
to move back, move back,” Anwar added.
Another witness, Steven Turner, told BBC that
he saw “three of four people lying on the ground,” after the van
“rammed” into people.
“There are lots of ambulances and armed police with assault
rifles around now,” Turner added.
Catalan emergency services have
asked to close public transportation in the area of the
crash, and are asking people to stay out of the area.
The Spanish National Police have asked bystanders not to
share photos of the crash out of respect for the
Pictures show emergency services
Sky News has video of the incident, which the
reporter described as “pandemonium”
A twitter user also posted a picture of what appears to
be the van:
Here’s a map of the area:
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Videos show armed police looking for the
This is a developing story.